It was announced today in the New York Times that actress, Angelina Jolie, under went a double mastectomy after she learned that she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene which develops into breast and ovarian cancer.
According to CNN, Jolie stated that the doctors told her that she had a 87 percent risk in breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. So once she found out, she decided to be proactive and cancel out any risk. Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer back in 2007. Jolie is a mother of six children, three biologically, and three adopted.
I think this is very brave of Jolie to just decided to get rid of her breasts especially because she is an actress and her boobs are her job. This is not going to stop Jolie though, this activist will probably go on a speaking engagement tour, visiting all women who are experiencing the same thing she is going through. Then she will probably start raising money for cancer research and might even create a foundation, which is not a bad thing.